A beautiful keyboard melody, then rolling drums and finally mighty guitars, that's the beginning of "...When Gjallarhorn Will Sound", the opener of FALKENBACH's second album "...magni blandinn ok megintiri...". All in all a mighty Thor's hammer, the song, with just strong melodies, alternating between clean vocals and Black Metal screeching and great 'ohohoho' choirs. Some reader now might ask, what the hell is so great about 'ohohoho' choirs, well, good question. I can only say that what sounds lame with bands such as POISON and consorts just sounds great with FALKENBACH.
The two following songs "…Where Blood Will Soon Be Shed" and "Towards The Hall Of Bronzen Shields" take a bit longer to drill into your ears, but then hardly can get out anymore. With "The Heathenish Foray" the one man project around mastermind Vratyas Vakyas then offers us another super catchy tune. But that is nothing against the hymn "Walhall". Forget the epic songs of BATHORY, forget THYRFING, forget E.A.C.H. Viking Metal band. Here is the master of all classes, the rock in the tides!
And at the end comes the instrumental of all instrumentals, THE twilight of the gods: "Baldurs Tod". A keyboard fanfare a la "Final Countdown" (EUROPE) meets the dramatism of CANDLEMASS meets the very, very, very best of Epic Metal. I cannot even describe how brilliant this song is, just so much: Richard Wagner would be damn proud!!! At my funeral this divine blessing HAS to be played next to EXCITER's "Heavy Metal Maniac", absolutely.
10 points, ah, 1000 points! (Online December 28, 2003)